Principal Investigator (PI): Amy Braverman, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Aerosol Measurement and Processing System (AMAPS) is a grid based, distributed computing environment for aerosol science. AMAPS is motivated by the community's call for a modern infrastructure to access, manipulate and analyze aerosol data (see the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, October 2003).

AMAPS offers access, subsetting, and data analysis functions for level 2 aerosol data products from Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET), including the new AERONET Maritime Network, and for the MODIS level 2 cloud product.

The system is available in two modes: service user mode and power user mode. Service users access data and computational capabilities through pre-constructed web pages that call workflows: web service functions chained together in XML documents. Power users access computational capabilities from the command line of AMAPS-enabled computers, by embedding web service calls directly in their Python programs.

The AMAPS Python package also offers streamlined functions to read, extract and manipulate data over the internet.

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